Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7
The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.
Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5
Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »
Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats
NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »
Safety Advisory: Rabies
Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »
Amphibian and Reptile Species List
Below is a list of amphibians and reptiles that have been seen in the park.
Northwestern salamander, Ambystoma gracile
Long-toed salamander, Ambystoma macrodactylum
Olympic torrent salamander, Rhyacotriton olympicus** Endemic
Cope's giant salamander, Dicamptodon copei
Rough-skinned newt, Taricha granulosa
Oregon ensatina, Ensatina eschscholtzi
Western red backed salamander, Plethodon vehiculum
Van Dyke’s salamander, Phethdon vandykei
Western toad, Bufo boreas
Tailed frog, Ascaphus truei
Red-legged frog, Rana aurora
Pacific tree frog, Pseudacris regilla
Cascades frog, Rana cascadae
Northern alligator lizard, Elgaria coerulea
Rubber boa, Charina bottae
Common garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis
Northwestern garter snake, Thamnophis ordinoides
Did You Know?
That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.